When Diego came from Uruguay and made the scousers cry…

by Sam Peoples

By Samer Harkous

‘Diego woooah, Diego woooah, he came from Uruguay, he made the scousers cry.’

17 goals in 97 appearances isn’t exactly an impressive record for a striker but Diego Forlan was a lovable character even if Manchester United fans had to wait eight months for his first goal – a penalty against Macabi Haifa in the Champions League.

Regardless of all that, Forlan was a hard worker and will always be remembered by every United fan as the man that turned went from zero to hero on 1 December 2002.

United were playing away at Anfield when Jerzy Dudek made a fool out of himself by letting the ball slip under his legs after a back header from Carragher to let the blonde haired Uruguayan capitalise on the error and score as Anfield watched in horror.

Two minutes later, Ryan Giggs put Forlan through with a beautiful through pass and the Uruguayan scored again with a powerful near post finish past the helpless Dudek.

That win help cut Arsenal’s lead to just six points and United went on to be crowned Premier League champions on 3 May 2003 after beating Charlton Athletic 4-1 at home.

It goes without saying that no matter how little impact any player in a United shirt has, scoring against your rivals will earn you a mention in the history books.

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